Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
I am recently retired from a career as an electrical engineer. My engineering work was spent largely working for companies that are federal contractors, including my last employer, the MITRE Corporation. Other companies for which I have worked have included CSC; SAIC; Booz, Allen, and Hamilton; Stanford Telecommunications; and some smaller companies.
My education includes the non-thesis Professional degree "Engineer" from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. My Master of Engineering isfrom Texas A & M University 1977 and my undergraduate degree is from Walla Walla College,1975. The degree of Engineer is a non-thesis degree that includes the same coursework as the doctoral degree.
I grew up in southern Texas 25 miles from the Mexican border. I spent 4 years in Washington state where I did my undergraduate education, then I returned to Texas for two years where I got my Master's degree at Texas A&M. Since then I have been in northern Virginia.
My interests include mathematics and science, especially physical science and physics. However, I also have taught almost any subject through the high school level, including English Grammar and American History. My level of expertise extends through secondary level for most subjects and some undergraduate subjects, mainly math, electrical engineering, and some physic.
I have also been involved in some education related activities. I did private tutoring of high school students in math and other subjects. I also have been home schooling two adopted daughters since 2002, beginning in lower grades and continuing through high school (not quite finished with that yet), including teaching English as a second language to one adopted from Haiti. Earlier I had a teaching assistant-ship of electric machinery laboratory for non electrical engineering majors at Texas A&M.
When I am tutoring or teaching home in home school I prefer to try to lead the student to figure out answers himself or herself rather than to solve the problem myself, though sometimes I might show the solution for a similar problem.
Personal interests include gardening, classical music, learning about natural methods of healing, and my church. I also have a reading knowledge of Spanish and French which I enjoy using.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.